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Senta Berger
Senta Berger
(German pronunciation: [ˈzɛnta ˈbɛʁɡɐ] ( listen); born 13 May 1941) is an Austrian film, stage and television actress, producer and author. She received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her awards include three Bambi Awards, two Romys, an Adolf Grimme Award, both a Deutscher and a Bayerischer Fernsehpreis, and a Goldene Kamera.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Memoirs 4 Personal life 5 Honours and awards 6 Selected filmography

6.1 Film 6.2 Television

7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Berger is the daughter of musician Josef Berger and teacher Therese Jany.[1] She first appeared on stage at the age of four, when her father accompanied her singing on the piano. At the age of five she started ballet lessons. Berger also took private acting lessons. In 1957, she won her first small role in one of the final films directed by Austrian auteur Willi Forst. She applied for the Max Reinhardt Seminar, a famous acting school in Vienna, and was accepted, but she left shortly afterwards after accepting a film role without permission. In 1958, she became the youngest member of the Josefstadt Theatre
Josefstadt Theatre
in Vienna. Career[edit]

Berger at the 2010 Berlin
International Film Festival

In 1960 Bernhard Wicki and Artur Brauner
Artur Brauner
produced the film The Good Soldier Schweik with Berger and the German actor Heinz Rühmann. Brauner used Berger in several films, but she soon tired of musicals. In 1962, she went to Hollywood
and worked with stars such as Charlton Heston, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Richard Widmark, John Wayne, Jack Kelly, and Yul Brynner. She returned to Germany to accept an offer for a role in a series, which would have brought[clarification needed] an obligation of several years. In 1963, Berger met Michael Verhoeven, son of the German film director Paul Verhoeven
Paul Verhoeven
(not to be confused with the Netherlands
Paul Verhoeven). They started their own film production company in 1965. In 1966, Senta and Michael married. In 1970, she starred for the first time in a film produced by her own company and directed by her husband. Other internationally successful films made by the duo included, amongst others, Die weiße Rose, The Nasty Girl
The Nasty Girl
(Das schreckliche Mädchen) and Mutters Courage. Berger continued to develop her European career in France
and Italy. Also in 1966, the British film Our Man in Marrakesh, called Bang, Bang, You're Dead in the U.S., was released, starring Senta Berger
Senta Berger
opposite Tony Randall.

Photo of Senta Berger
Senta Berger
and Robert Vaughn

In November 1964, she guest starred in an episode of the U.S. television show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, entitled "The Double Affair". It was later expanded and released in cinemas as the feature film The Spy with My Face (1965). In 1966, Berger co-starred with Kirk Douglas in the film Cast a Giant Shadow. Berger played the role of Magda, a soldier in the Israeli army during the Israeli War of Independence (1948). In The Quiller Memorandum, also released in 1966, she played opposite Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
and George Segal
George Segal
in the role of a German schoolteacher involved in neo-Nazi activity. In 1967, Berger acted in the pilot film for the Robert Wagner television series It Takes a Thief, which aired on American television network ABC on 9 January 1968. She reprised her role in the series in October 1969, in an episode in which her character was killed off. In 1977, she was head of the jury at the 27th Berlin
International Film Festival.[2] 21 years later, she was part of the jury at the 48th Berlin
International Film Festival.[3]

Senta Berger
Senta Berger
in 1975

Following the birth of her first son, Berger soon returned to theatre work. She played at the Burgtheater in Vienna, at the Thaliatheater in Hamburg
and at the Schillertheater in Berlin. Between 1974 and 1982, she played the “Buhlschaft” in the play Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival with Curd Jürgens
Curd Jürgens
and Maximilian Schell. She also acted alongside Schell and James Coburn
James Coburn
in a supporting role in the acclaimed war film Cross of Iron
Cross of Iron
(1977). In 1985–86, Berger started a comeback in front of German-speaking audiences in the TV serial Kir Royal. Further serial hits followed, like Die schnelle Gerdi (The Fast Gerti), where she played a taxi driver, and since 2002 the long-running crime series Unter Verdacht. Also in the 1980s, Berger was found to have been admired by Scottish drifter Arthur Richard Jackson who attempted to murder American actress Theresa Saldana
Theresa Saldana
in 1982. In the same year, she also started a career as a singer of chansons. 2005 saw her in the film, Einmal so wie ich will, as a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage who finds love on holiday, but turns her back on the relationship. In 2016, she played one of the leading roles in the film Welcome to Germany, directed by her son Simon. The film grossed more than US$20 million, making it the most successful German picture of the year.[4] Since February 2003, Berger has been president of the German Film Academy, which seeks to advance the new generation of actors and actresses in Germany and Europe. The Academy will decide the assignment of the German Film Awards in the future. Memoirs[edit] In the spring of 2006, Berger's autobiography was published in Germany: Ich habe ja gewußt, daß ich fliegen kann ("I Knew That I Could Fly"). Among her memories of Hollywood
are a less-than-subtle attempt by Darryl Zanuck
Darryl Zanuck
to get her on his casting couch, and of all the shallow people she met in Hollywood. Personal life[edit] Berger married German film director Michael Verhoeven
Michael Verhoeven
in 1966; their sons are actor-director Simon Verhoeven (born 1972) and actor Luca Verhoeven (born 1979). Honours and awards[edit]

Her star on Berlin's Boulevard of Stars (2011)

Bambi Prize (1968) Bravo Otto
Bravo Otto
in Bronze (1969) Film Award in Silver (production) for Die Weiße Rose on behalf of the film company Sentana (1983) German Actor Award (Chaplin-shoe) for her role in Kir Royal (1987) Bambi Prize, Special
Bambi "Unknockable Stars" (1990) Golden Gong (1996) Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class (1999)[5] Karl Valentin Orden (1998) Golden Romy as the most popular actress (1998) Bambi Prize in the category for the National Television ARD Vierteiler Love and Other Catastrophes (1999) Federal Cross of Merit
Federal Cross of Merit
(1999) Bavarian Order of Merit
Bavarian Order of Merit
(2002) German Hörbuchpreis (2003) Medal Munich shines (for outstanding service to Munich) (2003) Hessian TV award as an ensemble member of the film The Conference (2005) Golden Ox – Honorary Award of the Film Arts Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to the Sentana Film Production Senta Berger
Senta Berger
and Michael Verhoeven
Michael Verhoeven
(2005) Billy Wilder Award (2006) Platinum Romy for lifetime achievement (2007) Special
Prize of the German TV crime Award for her starring role in the WDR production Schlaflos ("Sleepless") (2009) Herbert-Strate Prize of the NRW Film Foundation and the Association HDF Kino Cinema (2009) German Television Award for Best Actress
for her leading role in Schlaflos (2009) Special
Prize at the Television Film Festival in Baden-Baden
for outstanding dramatic performance in Frau Böhm sagt Nein (2009) Golden Camera Award in the category Best Actress
in German Frau Böhm sagt Nein and Schlaflos (2010) Adolf Grimme Award
Adolf Grimme Award
for her performance in Frau Böhm sagt Nein (2010) Bavarian Television Award for best actress says in the "TV Movie" for her role in the film Frau Böhm sagt Nein (2010) Grand Diagonale drama prize for lifetime achievement (2010) Star on the Boulevard of Stars in Berlin
(2010) Hans Abich Award for outstanding services in television and film (Television Film Festival, Baden-Baden, 2010) Cultural Award of the City of Munich
City of Munich
(2011) Bear (B.Z. culture prize) (2012)

Selected filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Film Role Director Notes

1959 The Journey Serving Girl in Black Scarf Anatole Litvak

1960 The Good Soldier Schweik Gretl Axel von Ambesser

1961 The Secret Ways Elsa Phil Karlson

1961 The Miracle of Father Malachia Yvonne Krüger Bernhard Wicki

1961 Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein (de) Chantal Géza von Radványi Two films (Part 2)

1961 Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Koffer (de) Susan Brown Werner Klingler

1962 Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (de) Nelly Werner Klingler

1962 Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace Mrs. Ellen Blackmore Terence Fisher

1963 The Victors Trudi Carl Foreman

1963 Kali Yug: Goddess of Vengeance Catherine Talbot Mario Camerini Two films

1963 Jack and Jenny Jenny Victor Vicas

1964 The Spy with My Face Serena John Newland The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

1964 See How They Run Orlando Miller David Lowell Rich TV movie

1965 Major Dundee Teresa Santiago Sam Peckinpah

1965 The Glory Guys Lou Woddard Arnold Laven

1966 Cast a Giant Shadow Magda Simon Melville Shavelson

1966 Our Man in Marrakesh Kyra Stanovy Don Sharp

1966 The Poppy Is Also a Flower Dancer Terence Young

1966 Long Legs, Long Fingers Doris Holberg Alfred Vohrer

1966 The Quiller Memorandum Inge Lindt Michael Anderson

1966 The Treasure of San Gennaro Maggie Dino Risi

1967 To Commit a Murder Gertraud Sphax Édouard Molinaro

1967 The Ambushers Francesca Madeiros Henry Levin Matt Helm film series

1967 Diabolically Yours Christiane Julien Duvivier

1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium London Saleswoman Mel Stuart Cameo

1969 Les Étrangers (fr) May Jean-Pierre Desagnat (fr)

1969 De Sade Anne de Montreuil Cy Endfield

1969 Giacomo Casanova: Childhood and Adolescence Giulietta Cavamacchia Luigi Comencini

1970 Cuori solitari Giovanna Franco Giraldi

1970 When Women Had Tails Filli Pasquale Festa Campanile

1971 He Who Loves in a Glass House Hanna Michael Verhoeven

1971 Le Saut de l'ange (fr) Sylvaine Orsini Yves Boisset

1971 Roma Bene Princess Dedé Marescalli Carlo Lizzani

1971 Lover of the Great Bear Fela Valentino Orsini

1972 Cause of Divorce Enrica Sebastiani Marcello Fondato

1972 Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass Ruth Halbfass Volker Schlöndorff

1973 Reigen (de) The wife Otto Schenk

1973 The Scarlet Letter Hester Prynne Wim Wenders

1973 Hospitals: The White Mafia Suor Maria Luigi Zampa

1973 Amore e ginnastica Maria Pedani Luigi Filippo D'Amico

1974 Puzzle Sara Grimaldi Duccio Tessari

1974 La bellissima estate Manuela Sergio Martino

1976 MitGift (de) Alice Burgmann Michael Verhoeven

1976 The Swiss Conspiracy Denise Abbott Jack Arnold

1976 Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen Signora Palese

Anthology film

1977 Das Chinesische Wunder Detta Gaspardi Wolfgang Liebeneiner

1977 Cross of Iron Eva Sam Peckinpah

1978 Ritratto di borghesia in nero Carla Richter Tonino Cervi

1985 Fatto su misura Signora Schwartz Francesco Laudadio

1985 The Two Lives of Mattia Pascal Clara Mario Monicelli

1986 Killing Cars (de) Marie Landauer Michael Verhoeven

1990 Tre colonne in cronaca Countess Odessa Bonaveri Carlo Vanzina

1998 Bin ich schön? (de) Unna Doris Dörrie

2009 Ob ihr wollt oder nicht! Dorothea Ben Verbong

2010 Satte Farben vor Schwarz (de) Anita Sophie Heldman (de)

2012 Zettl (de) Mona Mödlinger Helmut Dietl

2012 Ruhm (de) Rosalie Isabel Kleefeld (de)

2016 Welcome to Germany Angelika Hartmann Simon Verhoeven


Year Title Role Notes

1963 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color : The Waltz King (de) Henriette Treffz

1964 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. : The Double Affair Serena (TV series, 1 episode)

1968 The Name of the Game Mariette Bern 1x04 Collectors' Edition

1968 It Takes a Thief : A Thief Is a Thief Claire Vickers (TV series, 1 episode)

1968 Istanbul Express Mila Darvos

1968 Babeck (de) Susanne Stefan (TV miniseries, 3 episodes)

1969 It Takes a Thief : Flowers from Alexander Claire Vickers/Laurie James (TV series, 1 episode)

1986 Kir Royal – Aus dem Leben eines Klatschreporters Mona (TV series, 6 episodes)

1989 Die schnelle Gerdi Gerdi (TV series, 6 episodes)

1990 La belle Anglaise

(TV series, 1 episode)

1992 Sie und Er Charlotte

1992 Lilli Lottofee Lilli (TV series, 6 episodes)

1994 Gefangene Liebe

1994–1996 Ärzte : Dr. Schwarz und Dr. Martin Dr. Margarethe Martin (TV series, 8 episodes)

1995 Die Nacht der Nächte Teresa

1995 Kommissar Rex Karla Wilke (TV series, 1 episode)

1996 Mein Sohn ist kein Mörder! Sarah Renzi

1997 Kap der Rache Lilian

1997 Lamorte (de) Susa

1997 Bella Ciao Teresa

1998 Mammamia Clara

1999 Liebe und weitere Katastrophen Franziska Ackermann (TV miniseries, 4 episodes)

1999 Rosamunde Pilcher: Nancherrow Alex Gower

1999 Mit fünfzig küssen Männer anders (de) Marie Mechlenburg

2000 Zimmer mit Frühstück Elisabeth

2000 Trennungsfieber Dr. Carla Severin-Bauer

2000 Scharf aufs Leben (de) Solveigh Kronberg

2000 Probieren Sie's mit einem Jüngeren Anna

2002–2014 Unter Verdacht Dr. Eva-Maria Prohacek (TV series, 22 episodes)

2002 Bis dass dein Tod uns scheidet Edith Mosbach

2004 Die schnelle Gerdi und die Hauptstadt Gerdi (TV series, 6 episodes)

2004 Die Konferenz (de) Cornelia Cordes

2005 Einmal so wie ich will (de) Emma Bauer

2005 Emilia – Die zweite Chance Dr. Emilia Seiler

2005 Emilia – Familienbande Dr. Emilia Seiler

2006 Nette Nachbarn küsst man nicht (de) Helga Forstmann

2008 Rosamunde Pilcher: Four Seasons Julia Combe (TV miniseries, 4 episodes)

2009 Schlaflos (de) Carla Sagmeister

2009 Frau Böhm sagt Nein (de) Rita Böhm

2009 Mama kommt! (de) Luise Fischer

2010 Liebe am Fjord: Das Ende der Eiszeit Pernille (TV series, 1 episode)

2011 In den besten Jahren (de) Erika Welves

2012 Operation Zucker (de) Dorothee Lessing (TV thriller)

2012 Hochzeiten (de) Klara

2013 Und alle haben geschwiegen (de) Luisa Hamilton (TV drama)

2013 Willkommen auf dem Land (de) Rita


^ Berger, Senta: Porträt. mdr.de. 2 February 2004 ^ "Berlinale 1977: Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 19 July 2010.  ^ "Berlinale: 1998 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 14 January 2012.  ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/28/welcome-to-the-hartmanns-simon-verhoeven-german-box-office-sensation ^ "Reply to a Parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1290. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 

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